The Victorian Hydrogen Hub (VH2)

April 28th, 2022

R&D Focus Areas:
Social licence, Mobility, Skills and labour market

Lead Organisation:
Swinburne University of Technology

Founding partners CSIRO and Germany’s AERNA 2036 in addition to our other industry partners and stakeholders:

Industry and Ecosystem Partners:

  • University of Stuttgart
  • ARUP
  • Energys
  • Infrabuild Steel
  • Port of Melbourne
  • Sarawak Government
  • BOC Australia
  • Australian Gas and Infrastructure Group
  • Diamond Key International
  • Countrywide Hydrogen
  • Heavy Industry Low-carbon Transition (HILT CRC)
  • iMOVE Australia CRC
  • NEXT Group
  • Ampol
  • Whitebox Enterprises


Start date:
February 2021

Completion date:
30 September 2025

Key contacts:
Gordon Chakaodza – Director, Victorian Hydrogen Hub:
Victorian Hydrogen Hub VH2:

AUD$9,997,252 – Victorian Government

Project total cost:

Project summary description:
The Victorian Hydrogen Hub is testing, trialling and demonstrating new and emerging hydrogen technologies to create sustainable manufacturing practices and the ability to store clean energy from renewable sources.

In February 2021, the Victorian Government announced the establishment of the Swinburne University of Technology Victorian Hydrogen Hub that would:

  • Be a major precinct for the exploration of new hydrogen technologies, including clean energy vehicles and hydrogen storage containers.
  • Provide opportunities for students and researchers to work with industry partners to develop and implement opportunities for hydrogen across Victoria.
  • Develop a roadmap for vocational training to support the implementation of hydrogen related technologies and services.
  • Work with industry to assess their hydrogen readiness and new business and supply chain opportunities, and
  • Be a place where the community can learn about hydrogen as a sustainable energy source.

Research areas to be covered through Program projects include.

  • Decarbonisation of ports
  • Hydrogen adoption in aviation
  • Hydrogen applications in heavy industries such as steel
  • Community acceptance of hydrogen
  • Hydrogen storage and pressure vessels
  • Hydrogen adoption in heavy vehicles and transportation
  • Skills and education

Focus areas include:

  • CSIRO hydrogen refueler: Hydrogen production and storage facilities located at the CSIRO site at Clayton, Melbourne.
  • Hydrogen tanks/storage: Developing and testing of storage and pressure vessels.
  • Skills Road Map: Investigating into skills and training needs for Australian industry and supply chain.
  • Community and industry engagement: Increasing community awareness of hydrogen.
  • Hydrogen Readiness Program: Providing businesses with comprehensive up-to-date knowledge about the hydrogen economy.
  • PhD and Master’s Program: Supporting hydrogen related projects with researchers.
  • Internship Program: Embedding students into industry to assist businesses in their transition to a hydrogen economy.
  • The Victorian Hydrogen Hub is funded through the Victorian Government’s Victorian Higher Education State Investment Fund.

Related publications and key links:

Higher degree studies supported:
PhD and Master’s students will be supported across a range of disciplines.

VH2 PhD and Master’s projects include:

  • Hydrogen Mobility
  • Use of Hydrogen in Steelmaking
  • Understanding about Hydrogen among the public
  • Hydrogen Adoption in Aviation
  • Performance assessment framework for maximising the productivity of Hydrogen delivery in Australia
  • Advanced data analytics for integrated energy systems
  • Investigation into how Organic Ligands Modulate the Activity of Metal Oxides for Water Oxidation Catalysis – Improving the Efficiency of Power to X
  • Development of paper based colorimetric Hydrogen sensors
  • The role of Hydrogen in decarbonising ports
  • Mechanical response of 3D printed fibre reinforced composite structures
  • Diversity in Hydrogen
  • Financial and market analysist of Hydrogen Adoption in Aviation
  • Techno-economic analysis of liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHC)
  • Techno-economic assessment (TEA) of pathways of chemical hydrogen carriers in dehydrogenation and rehydrogenation process
  • Silicon production using Hydrogen
  • Decarbonisation options for reheat furnaces
  • Public perception of Hydrogen


Reviewed: January 2023